February, 01 2019 ( Updated March, 21 2019)
The 2nd largest resort in the Chamonix valley (after Chamonix), Argentière is a popular year-round destination, with a laid-back ambience for ski breaks and hiking holidays.
Full of the traditional charms of the Haute-Savoie region, the historical village is equally blessed with modern-day amenities. From authentic French eateries, restaurants and cafes to grocery shops, a tourist information office and train station, the village provides everything you need for an enjoyable self-catering stay. The Grands Montets ski lift enables skiers and snowboarders of all abilities to take to the slopes all day long, whilst the surrounding hiking trails provide some of the most spectacular scenic walks imaginable.
A winter wonderland
Argentière is one of the best-loved Alpine resorts. Nestled at the foot of Les Grands Montets in the Mont-Blanc, it offers a truly unique setting for winter sports. The Argentière glacier and Col des Montets dominates the resort village and offers connections to Vallorcine and Switzerland. Covering an area of over 1,800 ha, Argentière boasts a vast, varied range of pistes and extensive powder fields to suit competent-advanced skiers and snowboarders, as well as off-piste enthusiasts.
Also welcome are beginners of all ages, who can practise their skills on the gentler slopes and master their skills with private lessons and ski schools.
As the snowy peaks begin to melt and the promise of spring and summer is in the air, Argentière transforms into a haven for scenic relaxation and outdoor adventure.
The village is a firm favourite with mountain hikers keen to enjoy the local nature parks and trails. Perfect for nature fans and those seeking a picturesque backdrop, Aiguilles Rouges (2,965 m) is just on the doorstep. A popular hiking destination in the nature reserve is the alpine lake of Lac Blanc, which offers spectacular views of the Mont Blanc massif (the lake is reached by foot in 2 hours from the Flegere lift).
Another popular outing from Argentière includes taking the lift for some high-altitude hiking at the Argentière glacier (2,338 m). Climbers are also very close to the beautiful climbing sites of Le Tour Noir (3,837 m).
Walkers, hikers and mountain bikers can all enjoy exploring expansive, scenic high-altitude pastures, by taking the Telecabine Le Tour Colde Balme (6 minutes’ drive away).
Those looking to enjoy a more genteel moment can discover the typical Savoyard charms of Argentière, by visiting the 18th century church of ‘Saint-Pierre d'Argentière’. One of the most beautiful churches in the Chamonix valley, its cemetery provides a final resting place for many famous French mountain guides.
Just 15 minutes’ drive away, visitors can relish the buzzing resort amenities, spas, leisure pursuits and ski lifts of Chamonix.